The e-Standby programme aims to promote the widespread use of energy saving products that reduce standby power consumption. Standby power is electricity consumed by appliances which are plugged in but not in use. The products that meet the 1-Watt standard are entitled to bear the "Energy Saving Label". When they fail to meet the standard, the "Standby Warning Label" is displayed on the front of the product. The programme is implemented in three stages according to the "Standby Korea 2010" roadmap. The programmes ultimate goal is of reducing standby power of each electrical device below one watt (W) by 2010. The first stage is the "Voluntary 1 W Policy" that ran from from 2005 to 2007. The second stage is the "Preparation for Transition to a Mandatory 1 W Policy" from 2008 to 2009. From 2010, the "Mandatory 1W Policy", the ultimate goal of the roadmap will be implemented as the final stage. At this stage appliances sold in Korea will be subject to compliance with a 1-watt usage of power or less when in standby mode.
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